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Tascam DR-10X Plug-On Linear PCM Digital Recorder for XLR Microphones
- XLR jack mounts to ENG or lavaliere microphone. Weight: 68.3g (including batteries) / 56.3g (without batteries)
- 48 kHz/24-bit BWAV mono recording
- Mic pre-gain lo/mid/hi control
- Instant record mode-power on while holding record button
- Dual recording mode captures a copy of your audio at a lower level as a safety track
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Features at a glance
- XLR plug-on connection
- Compatible with dynamic mics as well as bettery-powered condenser mics
- 48kHz/24-bit linear PCM mono recording
- WAV files (compatible with BWF format)
- Media: microSD/SDHC cards (supports 32GB capacities)
Plug-On Linear PCM Digital Recorder for XLR Microphones
TASCAM’s compact DR-10X attaches to a handheld microphone for the ultimate compact news gathering recording system. A captive XLR connector attaches firmly to your microphone, capturing interviews at 48kHz/24-bit Broadcast WAV resolution. Offload recordings through the microUSB connection or by removing the microSD card.
The DR-10X has both manual and automatic gain settings, with a low cut filter and limiter to prevent overloads. The Dual Recording mode captures a copy of the audio at a lower level, so if there is distortion you have a backup safety. Recording can begin instantly by holding the record side switch while turning the unit on.
For simple-to-use ENG recording that stays out of the way, TASCAM’s DR-10X leads the field.
The DR-10X connects directly to a dynamic mic
This audio recorder is designed for plug-on connection, so it can be connected directly to XLR handheld mics. In addition to dynamic mics, it can also be used with battery-powered condenser mics. In addition to using this recorder with handheld mics in interviews and mics on stands in press conferences, it can also be used for recording seminars, meetings and any other situations using a handheld microphone.
Compact and lightweight
The DR-10X is compact - fitting in the palm of the hand and lightweight at 56.3 grams. In addition, the mic connector has a locking mechanism that ensures a tight fit to the microphone body giving the entire assembly a solid feel.
When recording interviews or reporting that requires high audio quality, a field recorder is normally needed. But for small-scale reporting, you can record high-quality audio with just a microphone and the DR-10X. No need to carry bulky equipment - you can now record with a compact rig that you can hold in one hand.
Sliding record button and hold function
The recording switch uses a sliding mechanism. This prevents misoperation from accidentally pressing a button. In addition, the hold function can prevent recording from being stopped by accidental contact with a button. Since the DR-10X is designed to be used together with a mic as a single unit, it is engineered to prevent misoperation during recording.
Automatic file closing prevents the loss of recorded data
You can check the battery level on the easy-to-read organic EL display.
Even if the battery should run out unexpectantly, the unit will automatically close the file to prevent the loss of already recorded data before it shuts down.
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TASCAM's compact DR-10X attaches to a handheld microphone for the ultimate compact news gathering recording system. A captive XLR connector attaches firmly to your microphone, capturing interviews at 48 kHz/24-bit Broadcast WAV resolution. Offload recordings through the Micro USB connection or by removing the Micro SD card.
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It is much lighter than the typical wireless plug-on. I have provided an image of it plugged onto a Shure SM-58 next to another Shure SM-58 plugged into a Sennheiser transmitter for size reference.
For those who are looking for a more reliable wireless solution without concern for radio interference and a need for a receiver this is an excellent alternative to plug-on transmitters.
What does it have for storage?
No built-in storage. Use micro SD or micro SDHC card.(Not included.)
How big an SD card can it record to?
micro SD min:64MB to max:2GB
micro SDHC min:4GB to max:32GB
This is to be expected. Dynamic mics vary widely in output. If it didn't have this option it might as well have a built-in mic like the others. There is also an EXT mode for "external input" if anyone has a suggestion for what this is for please add to the comments section. One would think it is for line lenel so you could plug this on a mixer, but the manual says the nominal input level for this mode is -24dB. Tyical nominal line level is at -8dB and pro at +4dB while EXT mode max's out at -8dB.
Cutoff @ 120Hz
Not as effective when mic gain is on "HI", but still very useful.. almost necessary, as with most digital audio recorders. You may have a different experience, since I tested this with an EV RE50N/D-B which is known for its high output.
I don't believe this is always necessary to use, I guess it depends on how much battery life and storage space you have left to work with. I would use this in noisy environments when you cannot predict when the speaker might start shouting or for singers when the amplitude of the talent's voice is more likely to fluctuate at a greater range.
I have read in a few places that this recorder supports the IR sync signal to synchronize recording time and settings with other Tascam digital recording devices, but I cannot seem to verify this since I only have one. Please leave a comment if you have any experience with this. I might be interested in purchasing a second DR-10x if that is the case.
No phantom power
I'd hope to see this introduced in later models, but most of my condenser mics also have a battery option so it isn't a major loss for me.
You can power the recorder externally using the USB connection.
I guess this is more useful for playback or if I can find one of those rechargeable USB phone chargers that is really small.
Uses 1 AAA battery (not included.) Depending on the battery you use the lifetime can last up to 10 hours. The average battery is going to get you about 8 hours recording time. This recorder will work on alkaline, lithium and rechargeable NiMH batteries (the manual warns about using industrial dry-cell batteries.) If the battery is dying it will automatically close the current audio file to prevent the loss of already recorded data before shutting down.
You can play back recordings on the drvices though the analog headphone output, plug the DR-10x into your PC with included USB 2.0 cable or insert your micro SD card into a media card reader. The DR-10x acts as a media card reader when plugged in with its USB cable in "STORAGE" mode.
Comes with no software. Your computer likely has the drivers necessary to read the SD card or the USB card reader and almost all media players and editors can handle PCM wav files anyway.
None yet, but there likely will be some eventually. My DR-10x came with v1.01 0077
Output file format and specs?
Bit rate: 1152kbps
Sample rate: 48kHz
Sample size: 24-bit
1 channel (mono)
Format: wav (PCM)
I can configure it in the field using the display's menu or via my PC by saving a settings file on the SD card.
Sual Rec Mode
Time Trk Inc
Auto Pwr Save
File Name Typ
Power/Storage (When plugged into USB port)
References and further reading:
B&H's Demo Video: http://bcove.me/yw8s2z1a
To make this 5 stars instead of 4 I would:
Make the display 2 lines so the audio level is easier to read on its own line.
NiMH Battery only lasts about 1.5 hours with dual recording enabled. I would be ok making this bigger and adding a second battery in there.
PS: Ignore the one star review. Some microphones require Phantom Power. This device does not supply Phantom Power (and doesn't claim to). Most microphones intended for hand-holding are Dynamic mics and do not require phantom power.
This may not be something you see a lot of major news reporters use, but it damn sure is professional quality enough for any situation.
Hint to anyone purchasing: 32GB is the max SD memory card size you can use. I've tried larger and they are not recognized by the unit. I would also say keep a couple extra cards with you as backups, you never know with memory cards - they act up when they want to.
Also, the one AAA battery last for a ton of hours in normal settings mode, in my opinion. I didn't start noticing that the battery was getting low until after about 12 hours of recording (adding up several sessions together). I did notice that using headphones during recording is what makes the battery drain faster and I assume that is because it has to power the headphone amp at the same time. Just keep a 4-pack of AAA's with you and its no big deal, there small and not bulky.
I've used it three times in the field in two days. Twice with a standard dynamic cardioid mic, and once with a A/T shotgun mic (self powered).
+ The little thing works great -- so far. The sound files it produces are of good quality, especially for my uses.
- It does seem a bit fragile, especially at the XLR connector.
- Operating it, using the one-line digital screen, is like playing a miniature hand-held game.
- So far, battery life is unpredictable
I'll amend this review as time goes on.